Indigenous Doctors call for justice

15 December 2006
The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA), a professional body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical graduates and students across Australia, reiterates its call for justice in the Doomadgee case.>>

"We find this decision by the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions, Leanne Clare bewildering at best. Rather than bringing a certain level of closure, the decision contributes to more confusion - from Commonwealth Ministers, social and political commentators through to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and family members" said Dr Mark Wenitong, AIDA President.

"We have findings from a Coronial Report which seem to be completely at odds with the conclusions reached by the DPP. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as do all Australians, have a right to know how and why this is the case. To this end we support the call for a judicial review".

"In our country, in Indigenous Affairs, it is a time of a so-called policy of sharing responsibility. We call on all institutions ­ law, police, education, health, government ­ to fully and properly discharge their responsibilities toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a way that strengthens our people, not add further harms and injuries".

"In December 2004, AIDA offered its support to the Palm Island community to assist in understanding the medical information related to the second autopsy. Today, we want you to know that we stand side by side with our brothers and sisters in Palm Island in your quest for justice".

"Our future is our children. AIDA is working on closing the 17 year gap in life expectancy for all of our people. It is a crime for our young people to be dying in custody".[Source:]

Media contact: Ms Jane Magnus,
jane@aida.org.au

www.aida.org.au

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